So it's probably coming. In fact soon, probably, like maybe an '08 model. And while Chevrolet won't cough up any official details or specifics about it yet, the company did provide more photos of The Concept Car That Will Be. We take the extra photos as a good sign-probably. We're just saying. So enjoy this collage of what better be-and probably will.-Tori Tellem
Stage 3 Mustang
Does 415 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque sound good to you? Duh. This Mustang is the latest invention from Roush, with its star component being the intercooled Roushcharger system perking up the stock 4.6L V-8, which has a custom-calibrated ECM. The suspension has been engineered with specially tuned front struts, rear shocks, springs, sway bars, and jounce bumpers. Performance also hit the brakes in the form of front 14-inch two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers.
Stuff to make it cooler to the naked eye includes a seven-piece body kit with a hoodscoop, a rear wing, rocker panels, and a rear valance. There are also custom 18-inch rims, white-face gauges, and Roush badging all over, including in the engine compartment. For people wanting to go Stage 3 crazy, there are optional add-ons, such as racing stripes, a short-throw shifter, and dash trim. For more about this Mustang, you can go to a nearby Roush dealer or just be a lazy bastard and visit roushperformance.com.-Tori Tellem
The Cult Of Manual Shifters
OK, so they're technically not a cult (denial is admittance number one?), but they are definitely a community with staunch beliefs-specifically in all that is the manual transmission. We are talking about Shiftyworld, whose Save the Shifter mantra is about ensuring the world never goes all-automatic. Greg Bruder, the founder of the organization, thinks the trend for automakers will continue to be to eliminate the stick in new cars and trucks, and that's why he says "action now can prevent that looming extinction from happening."
To get on the soapbox, check out shiftyworld.com, where you'll find driver interviews-and we're talking about with real race-car drivers, not Marshall Thompson of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, telling how he shifts his Ford pickup on the ranch. Although ... there are indeed endorsements by regular townspeople about their own transmissions, albeit tales devoid of thrill. You'll also find driving tips and other manual-lifestyle info. -Tori Tellem
Rent A Mustang
By any chance do you remember in 1966 when Carroll Shelby and Ford got in the rental-car business? It was the Rent-A-Racer program, and they teamed up with Hertz to loan out the Shelby Hertz GT350H, a high-performance Mustang with unique black-and-gold coloring (well, as unique as the Hertz building and uniforms) and a rule against renting to anyone younger than 25.
It's back for 2006, a venture that tunes the 4.6L V-8 with a Ford Racing Handling Pack, a Power Pack, 3.55s, and other souped-up modifications, bringing the next-gen GT-H to 325 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque with a tight ride. There's also a numbered dash badge, Shelby's signature, and a Shelby Automobiles performance hood. You should be able to rent one in most major cities. -Tori Tellem
ABC News says the package for the retiring chair of Exxon, Lee Raymond, will be worth more than $400 million and will include home and personal security, a car and driver, use of the corporate jet, and lots more than just a card signed by everyone in his department and Hilda in Receiving. By the way, remember when you were screaming about how high gas prices were last year? Exxon made $36 billion-the largest annual profit of any company in history, claims ABC News. -Tori Tellem
Phrase of the month Prius BacklashGrowing movement by car-poolers who are PO'd at hybrid drivers using the carpool lane because they are driving too slowly in order to get the as-promised fuel economy. -Tori Tellem
The drive-in is making a comeback! A new Showboat theater has opened in Hockley, Texas.Super Stock A/HEMI Class driver Jim Pancake set a new class record on three different occasions in his '68 Barracuda.Rumor has it the talk is getting more heated about the likelihood of a 600hp Corvette. In the good way.Mopar has renewed its multiyear agreement as title-rights sponsor of the NHRA Mile-High Nationals.Esquire magazine named the Corvette one of its "Ten Most Awesome Autos" under $50,000. Isn't that mag too snooty for "awesome"?The Chicago Tribune reports the Illinois governor has signed a law requiring that mercury-laden switches be yanked from junkyard vehicles before they're scrapped. The law will require automakers to create a collection program and arrange for the removed switches to be transported elsewhere. -Tori Tellem
The Car Craft Dyno Drags
OK, when you think about it, who has a dyno competition indoors? Only the Car Craft dudes would be able to talk honest, unsuspecting car-show promoters into letting CC readers run full-throttle and uncorked on a chassis dyno inside the Cleveland IX center in Ohio last October during the first Car Craft Dyno Drags sponsored by Mustang Dynamometers. We scared the crap out of the trained bear and vendors at the home-and-garden show who were trying to demonstrate the latest in tranquil water features. Yes, we roared. The coup de grace was Gary Box and his 788hp blown '65 Corvette booming at 7,000 rpm. The unmistakable sound of stupid big-block was deafening and took a few seconds to travel down to the end of the cavernous building and back, creating an intolerable endless loop of thunder as we blew away the 40th Annual Cleveland Autorama. Here are our new best friends in order of horsepower.-Douglas R. Glad
|Owner ||Vehicle ||ATW Power |
|1. Gary Box ||'65 Corvette ||788 |
|2. Jim Katakos ||'69 Chevelle ||769 |
|3. Anton Lanesky ||'81 Camaro ||603 |
|4. Ken Matthews ||'80 Malibu ||538 |
|5. Steve Ali ||'00 Corvette ||483 |